Military Service and MS

  • In the United States, today is Memorial Day, a day of remembrance of all the men and women who have died in our nation's service.  It is often a day to recognize those who have served in military service, including those still living.

     

    Memorial Day was previously known as Decoration Day and it was a traditional day in my family to visit and care for the graves of deceased family members.  Each family may have their own tradition which has evolved over the years.

     

    Today I'd like to ask:

     

    How many of you have served your country only to be medically discharged due to MS or found out later (within 7 years of Active Duty) that you had developed MS?

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    Did you know that the government considers MS to be a service-connected disability?


    The NMSS Society provides information (and links to other resources) on their page VA Benefits.  The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) explains Health Care Benefits for Veterans with Multiple Sclerosis.  Contact the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) or a different Veterans Service Organization (VSO) for help in ensuring that you receive all the VA benefits to which you are entitled.

     

    Are you a veteran (or do you know one) who has deveoped MS?

     

    Lisa Emrich is author of the blog Brass and Ivory: Life with MS and RA and founder of the Carnival of MS Bloggers.

Published On: May 31, 2010